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      11-21-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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Really cool video of a BMW i8 production photoshoot in NYC.

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Saw this on another BMW site and haven't seen it here, hoping it's not a repost but pretty sure it isn't..

Really cool video of a BMW i8 production photoshoot in NYC.

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looking great...can't wait to see these on the roads
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Very cool video indeed! Thanks for sharing.
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Wow what a great video....it's really a video of a video being made, but the point is that uber-cool NYC hipsters are stopped dead in their tracks when they see the i8.

I'm really delighted that BMW has brought a real halo car into full production with few compromises from the concept. It looks spectacular- with a minimum of dilutions from dream to reality.
Can't wait to see one in person. Love to own this thing.
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Wow what a great video....it's really a video of a video being made, but the point is that uber-cool NYC hipsters are stopped dead in their tracks when they see the i8.

I'm really delighted that BMW has brought a real halo car into full production with few compromises from the concept. It looks spectacular- with a minimum of dilutions from dream to reality.
Can't wait to see one in person. Love to own this thing.
Exactly right, it was the crowds that were all stopping to take photos that stood out to me in this video. Great comment!

I thought it was a video of a photo shoot but with DSLR video it's hard to tell these days.
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Wow what a great video....it's really a video of a video being made, but the point is that uber-cool NYC hipsters are stopped dead in their tracks when they see the i8.

I'm really delighted that BMW has brought a real halo car into full production with few compromises from the concept. It looks spectacular- with a minimum of dilutions from dream to reality.
Can't wait to see one in person. Love to own this thing.

Did you see that big white sign on the other side of the road that says "WHATS GOING ON HERE?". Yeah, I would not stop if i saw such sign in downtown NYC. Besides, none of the guys i saw stop by to take a cell phone pic looked like they had $140k to swing for a new bimmer.
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A Tesla and an i8 pull into Times Square. Which one will get the attention and the cameras going? Money's on the i8.
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Did you see that big white sign on the other side of the road that says "WHATS GOING ON HERE?". Yeah, I would not stop if i saw such sign in downtown NYC. Besides, none of the guys i saw stop by to take a cell phone pic looked like they had $140k to swing for a new bimmer.
In downtown NYC, some people will stop to look at anything. It has a curious shape so people are going to notice it. A 70K Corvette Stingray or a 110K Nissan GT-R would run circles around this thing. They would also be easier to get in and out of.
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A Tesla and an i8 pull into Times Square. Which one will get the attention and the cameras going? Money's on the i8.
Maybe but I will still take the Tesla
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Is that in front of the Apple store?
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A Tesla and an i8 pull into Times Square. Which one will get the attention and the cameras going? Money's on the i8.
Maybe but I will still take the Tesla
on tesla. Not even a good looking car IMO.
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It's difficult to argue against the performance aspects of a GTR.

Here's my take on the i8.

My current dream car (unattainable but when I make the money I want one) is the Pagani Huayra. It embodies a collaboration of pure design, incredible performance, exotic materials, beautiful craftsmanship, all in one package. It is sexy, beautiful, and a work of art. It is a reality created from a vision.

There are other cars which may be cheaper and perform better or have better specs in some place or other (not many), but the overall package and emotion that a Huayra represents to me is worth more than some better spec in some part of another car.

I feel the same way about the i8.

It is absolutely "paying for development costs" as someone mentioned in another thread.
It's a hybrid, not a pure electric, and doesn't have the electric range of a Tesla.
It isn't as fast as a 918 or a P1 (and also not nearly as expensive).
It doesn't hold 7 people or have 2 trunks.

But it has on paper (since that's all we know) the best performance (a word that itself needs to be redefined as for hybrids this includes mpg and range in addition to 0-60 times) of a hybrid car in its price range or below. Forget the P1 or the 918, these are the Pagani Huayras of the hybrid world. They are unattainable dream cars to most people. Exclude those cars, and focus on hybrid (not Tesla) and who comes close? The Panamera plug-in hybrid may be closest but it is still slower and has nothing in the looks department on the i8 (and I like Panameras).

The i8 is an affordable car to some people (surely not all, I get that, but it's reasonably priced given what it is) and represents a vision made into reality. It's the first iteration and we all know that future generations will have better batteries, more performance, more range, and all of that. This is known as progress and surely it will only get better from here. But today, there is no other car like the i8. And that is part of its allure.

It is built from the design of a concept that many (most) automakers would never put into production. It lives true to its concept form in many ways, not all, but many. Enough to not be a disappointment (see recent WRX).

In other words, I look at the i8 as an attainable Huayra. If I had the funds / income to purchase a Huayra today, I would still want an i8 alongside her in my garage. Because no matter the price or the specs, the i8 speaks an emotional language that resonates with certain people. I am one of them, and as such find any comparison of the car to other cars simply futile as the benchmarks are old but the car is new. When the i8 has a true competitor, surely it will welcome the competition.

Until then the GTR has it's place, as does the Stingray, the GT500, the SLS, the Huayra, the 918, the P1, and so forth. These cars fill a vast spectrum in which it is not possible to choose one best over the other. Only the one that makes the most sense to you. And that, my friends, is a decision of the heart. For if we didn't have some emotional connection to cars as enthusiasts, everybody would be driving the most logical best performing/cheapest car that exists. Obviously, this is not the case.

Maybe some day I'll get a GTR, too, but for now the only car I want in my garage next to the X6M is an i8.

Cliff notes: GTR is fast, the Tesla looks like a Hyundai, and the i8 rocks!
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Car is so f-ing sick.



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on tesla. Not even a good looking car IMO.



Dude... come on, thats absurd.




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Dude... come on, thats absurd.




Precisely. Better looking, more practical, more luxurious, more hi-tech, cheaper, and will possibly outperform the i8. And zero gas powered.
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Why do you guys keep insisting to compare the i8 hybrid GT style sports coupe to a Tesla family sedan? What possibly do they have in common?

And looks are subjective.

I have said it many times but it never hurts to repeat: the Tesla is pure ugly Kia had ungodly car sex with a Hyundai and the result got electrocuted on its way down the ugly car tree. That's only my opinion, if course

I wouldn't buy that thing if if did 0-60 in 2 seconds, cost $20k full loaded, and sat 12 people, had 5 trunks, and a 1000 mile range... I see at least 5 of these Teslas nearly every day when I'm out and about down here in SoFla and they do absolutely nothing for me.

And I'd need to be in the market for a family sedan in order to even consider one. There is absolutely no relation between these two cars beyond the use of an electric motor, and even that is not the same.
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I came out of work in the Flatiron the day of the shoot and stumbled onto the shooting of this. Even though it looks beautiful in this video, it made my eyes glaze over because it was so gorgeous in real life. Even the wheels which I thought are kind of fugly, looked awesome. Thanks for posting this here.
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